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Q: I really need help earase my past. I made mistakes 10 yrs ago for theft. can someone help

Mark Thompson answered on Feb 15, 2014

Under Iowa law, the only way to expunge an old theft conviction is if you had received a deferred judgment at the time of the original sentence. Otherwise there is nothing that can be done.

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Q: Can i be charged with possession of controlled substance that was found during search warrant when it was not listed on

On warrant and was not in plan view

Mark Thompson answered on Feb 15, 2014

Yes. If police arrive with a valid warrant, and find evidence of an unexpected crime, that evidence can be used against you.

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Q: If one accepts a plea at a pretrial conference when does the sentence begin?

Mark Thompson answered on Feb 15, 2014

Once the judge signs the judgment order. For misdemeanors, this often occurs on paper as long as you waived a sentencing hearing. For felonies a separate sentencing hearing is often required to be held. If you do not receive anything from your attorney or the court within a few days, make sure to... Read more »

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Q: On a mandatory three year sentance on drug charge in iowa do offenders get anytime taken off the mandatory three years.

Do offenders get good time taken off there three year mandatory? and if so how much time comes off there three year mandatoy?

Mark Thompson answered on Feb 15, 2014

Yes. Good time in prison is actually counted against the minimum sentence. That is to say, a person sentenced with a minimum sentence of 3 years can get out before 3 years have expired.

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